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04/09/20 SUMISHO ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS INC.

04/09/20 SUMISHO ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS INC.

Sumisho Electronic Systems Inc. (S.E.S.) were an image and graphics company using machinery to develop animation techniques leading to the success of Japanese anime movies such as Akira. Sumisho’s technology was vital in creating fluid movement in anime; animating pattern indicators, plot paths, model parallax effects and tweak lighting and lens flares. For the S.E.S. INC T-SHIRT and CORDURA S.E.S. INC CAP graphic language is derived from the studios technology and Akira’s cyberpunk stylistic hand.

The Katakana alphabet ‘A’ on the products echoes the iconic Japanese neon signs in Akira. The alphabet’s traditional calligraphy is then tweaked in an industrial style reflecting Sumisho technology.

The success of animating vivid post-war Neo-Tokyo in Akira was the 160,000 animation cells used; backgrounds, characters, and effects are drawn by animators on separate cells which were processed in a computer-controlled multiplane camera supplied by Sumisho. The layering of these animation cells creates a strong sense of dimension and space within the animation. The process is still used in animating anime titles today. The multiplane concept was considered when designing the layered graphics in the S.E.S. print.

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